Latest transfer updates, done deals & rumours from the Premier League and EFL on deadline day
Get the latest signings, rumours and reports with the domestic window still open and plenty of big free transfer deals still to be done.
Premier League and international business is done and dusted after the October 5 deadline day, but there are still more deals to be done as Premier League and EFL teams can do business until Friday October 16.
🧤 PLACE LINE UP BUTLAND
Do you remember Jack Butland? Yeah, the goalkeeper pushing to be England’s number one that’s not been heard of since Stoke’s relegation to the Sky Bet Championship three seasons ago.
Most, including Butland himself, expected to be snapped by straight away by a Premier League club but the move never happened and, quite frankly, Butland’s form ever since has been somewhat iffy.
But now Crystal Palace could give the stopper a way back to the big time with a late bid today.
🍻 ENJOYING A FOSTER (S)
Watford keeper Ben Foster could be on his way to Anfield
Yes, we are trying to make a reference to the beer as an attempt at a clever headline. Reports suggest Liverpool could turn to Watford number one – the former England stopper – Ben Foster to replace the struggling Adrian.
Seems a smart move as Foster was one of the stand out Premier League performers last season despite Watford’s relegation. But would be prefer to stay as a first choice keeper somewhere and make the most of his remaining playing days, rather be a bench warmer?
DEADLINE DEJA VU
Haven’t we been here already? Yes, 11 days ago we had deadline day and today we have another.
This is domestic deadline day because, as we all know, we don’t like to do what the rest of Europe do. So Friday sees the final day that English clubs can move players between themselves.
International deadline day was, well, very uninspiring, so we don’t expect the fires to suddenly be lit for this one. However, with big clubs failing to land some of their big targets last week, their Plan B’s could be executed today with a raid of the EFL.
Remember Premier League clubs cannot do business between themselves, only with the EFL.
Let’s see what happens….
➡ LEEDS’ GOTTS HEADS TO LINCOLN
🔵 GRANT SET FOR £15M BAGGIES MOVE
Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant is having a medical at West Brom and expected to join the club for £15m before tomorrow’s domestic transfer deadline.
He should be eligible to make his debut for the Premier League strugglers when they face Burnley on Monday night.
🦢 REDS REJECT SWANS WILSON BID
Swansea have had a loan offer for Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson turned down.
The Wales international is expected to make a move to the Sky Bet Championship before tomorrow’s deadline.
But having spent the past two seasons out on loan it’s thought the Premier League champions want to include an option or obligation to buy in any deal.
😲 BLUES PLAN HAALAND SWOOP?
Chelsea are reportedly keen to sign Norwegian goal machine Erling Haaland – with Roman Abramovich apparently determined to buy all the good young players in the Bundesliga.
The Borussia Dortmund star scores goals for fun and we’d love to see him in the Premier League – it already looks like he’ll be a big name for the January window.
⛔ SANCHO NO-GO
Borussia Dortmund won’t be selling Jadon Sancho in January – so Manchester United fans can forget about him moving to Old Trafford in the next window, which opening in just a couple of months now!
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Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours
- Bayern Munich have insisted Manchester United never approached them about Kingsley Coman despite him being linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.
- Liverpool want a £1m loan fee for Harry Wilson as Swansea City head the chase for his signature.
- Barcelona are eyeing a move for Paul Pogba once his Manchester United contract expires next summer.
- Leeds have been priced out of moves for Derby’s Louie Sibley and Norwich’s Todd Cantwell before Friday’s domestic transfer deadline.
🤝 PALACE SIGN CLYNE
Defender Nathaniel Clyne has rejoined Crystal Palace on a short-term deal eight years after he left Selhurst Park.
The right-back, who has been training with the squad after being released by Liverpool, made 137 appearances for the Eagles between 2008 and 2012.
“I’m a London boy, this is where I grew up. I’m back home and all my family and friends are here,” he told cpfc.co.uk.
“It’s surreal being back, enjoying it and hopefully I can just crack on and enjoy my football again.”
Clyne earned his first England call-up under current Palace manager Roy Hodgson and made 14 international appearances.
Chairman chairman Steve Parish said: “Nathaniel is a fantastic character to have around this squad and we are delighted to secure his services for the upcoming period.
“He is a first-rate professional, just as he was when I first met him more than a decade ago. His presence and experience will be invaluable.”
⚒ BENRAHMA MOVING CLOSER
West Ham have agreed a deal with Brentford for Said Benrahma, who is now closing in on a move to the Hammers with personal terms now being discussed.
He should have a medical in the next 24 hours if they can agree on the terms, with the aim to close the deal before the deadline on Friday.
🥳 PARTEY TIME!
Thomas Partey arrives at Arsenal saying Mikel Arteta’s plans for the club were too exciting for him to turn down…
The former Atletico Madrid man could make his Gunners debut against Manchester City on Saturday.
“Arteta was very important,” Partey said. “Him and Edu told me about their plans and it was so exciting, so I had to accept it.
“It’s a great challenge. I want to experience new challenges. I’m ready to give it my all and help the club get back to where it belongs.”
💰 DEMBELE DEAL TO BE HAD
One or two reports this morning that Ousmane Dembele might be available for a cut-price £45m, he signed for around £100m remeber but has had big injury problems.
Man Utd had been interested as a Jadon Sancho replacement, but the 23-year-old Frenchman failed to move during the transfer window.
It’s one to watch for January though, with Barca in big financial trouble and looking to cut their hefty wage bill…
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🎩 BOYD LEAVES POSH
George Boyd has left Peterborough after his contract was cancelled due to salary cap regulations.
The 35-year-old midfielder rejoined Posh in July 2019 following his release by Sheffield Wednesday but managed just 25 appearances and one goal.
Boyd agreed to cancel the remainder of his deal and boss Darren Ferguson told the club’s website: “With the new salary cap regulations, we just couldn’t find a way of fitting George into it.
“I want to thank George for his service to the football club. It has been an absolute privilege to manage him, he has been an outstanding professional and I wish him all the very best in the future.
“I have absolutely no doubt that he will be a success in whatever he does. He is one of the best players I have managed and will ever manage, there is no doubt about that.”
Peterborough co-owner Darragh MacAnthony said: “George has been a wonderful player for this football club and has handled himself superbly throughout his time.
“There is no question that he will be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame for all he has achieved here.”
🤝 CRAWLEY BRING IN MIDFIELDER
Crawley have signed former Southend midfielder Henry Burnett on a one-year deal.
Burnett was a regular for Southend’s Under-23s last season before completing the campaign on loan at Tonbridge Angels.
He was released by Southend at the end of the season but has been offered a chance by Crawley after impressing in training.
Head Coach John Yems said on the club website: “We are delighted to welcome Henry to the club, he has impressed us over the last few weeks and during the friendly with Watford in pre-season.
“I wish him all the best during his time at the club.”
🚪 UNITED READY FOR POGBA EXIT
Manchester United are putting plans in place should Paul Pogba decide to leave Old Trafford. They would replace him with Rennes and France’s Eduardo Camavinga.
However Real Madrid are also interested in the midfielder.
👑 HAMMERS MOVE FOR KING
West Ham look to have changed targets, dropping their pursuit of long term target Said Benrahma of Brentford and instead going after Bournemouth striker Josh King.
🛑 SALIBA STAYING A GUNNER
There’s bad news for Fulham fans as target William Saliba now looks likely to stay at Arsenal. The Gunners are set to make a surprise U-turn on the player and keep him at the club.
🥊 KANTE LAMPARD FALL OUT
He didn’t get his move this summer, but it seems N’Golo Kante is determined to leave Chelsea in January instead.
This comes after falling out with Blue boss Frank Lampard over a wedding and blocking his dream move to Real Madrid
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The latest football gossip and transfer rumours
Some of the early morning gossip on this Tuesday includes…
- The Premier League opponents to Project Big Picture (PBP) have declared it “dead in the water”
- Manchester City are set to go back in for Nicolas Tagliafico this January
- Roy Keane has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next Salford manager after Graham Alexander was sacked on Monday
😲 INTER WANT AGUERO FOR FREE
Sounds a bit fanciful right? Well, the free bit is certainly real as Sergio Aguero’s current Man City deal expires next summer and if he gets much further along without signing a new one then the vultures will soon be circling.
And Italian side Inter are already casting an eye on the Argentinian according to reports in the UK and over in Italy – just one to keep an eye on for now..
⚒ HAMMERS HOPE FOR DAWSON
West Ham are hoping to make a late splash before this deadline day having seemingly missed the memo on the last one…and that includes bringing in defender Craig Dawson.
The Hammers are thought to be in talks with Watford over the centre half, who would bring more experience into David Moyes’ side.
Moyes had obviously targeted James Tarkowski over the summer but West Ham couldn’t afford Burnley’s asking price, so Dawson may be the man to fill that gap.
👀 HORNETS EYE UP BENNETT BID
Cardiff left-back Joe Bennett is attracting interest from Watford as we near the end of the window.
The 30-year-old has just one year left on his current Bluebirds contract but has been heavily involved already having started three of their four league games this season.
💰 £30M BENRAHMA HEADING FOR HAMMERS
Said Benrahma is reportedly close to joining West Ham, with the winger set to have a medical later this week after Brentford accepted a £30m offer.
The 25-year-old, who scored 17 goals in 25 Sky Bet Championship games last season, is currently on international duty with Algeria preparing for Tuesday’s friendly with Mexico.
⭐ FIVE EFL STARS WHO COULD MOVE
We look at five players who could move to the Premier League before the domestic deadline
With Friday’s domestic deadline fast approaching, Tom Carnduff takes a look at who could still make a move from the Sky Bet Championship to the Premier League.
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🦊 FOXES JOIN RODON HUNT
Leicester have joined the race for Swansea defender Joe Rodon – but want to wait to buy him. Spurs and West Ham remain keen though with Tottenham thought to be leading the way.
🦅 EAGLES TO MAKE SARR SPLASH
Watford’s Ismaila Sarr is a wanted man, Manchester United being credited with an interest on deadline day, even though there’s no rush with October 16 the real deadline for deals between Premier League and EFL clubs.
Crystal Palace are keen though, and are thought to be preparing a club-record fee to try and force through a deal with the Hornets.
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- Mauricio Pochettino is being eyed by both Man Utd and Man City amid managerial uncertainty.
- West Ham face having to double Declan Rice’s salary in a new deal after managing to the keep the England star at the club for another season.
- West Ham are poised to target Brentford forward Said Benrahma in the final week of the EFL transfer window.
✍ DE BRUYNE OPEN TO NEW DEAL
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is open to signing a new contract at the club.
The Belgium international, who will be in the side to play England at Wembley on Sunday, has been a key part of City’s success over the last few years and has won a host of club honours and individual awards.
He has two-and-a-half years to run on his current deal and reports suggest he is poised to extend that.
De Bruyne said nothing is imminent, but did tell City he is happy to discuss terms.
“I am very happy at the club, I can say now I have not spoken once to the club so I don’t know why people are saying I have already agreed to something,” he said.
“I always told everybody I am really happy at the club and I feel comfortable so if the people at the club want to talk to me I am open to that and we will see what happens.
“But at the moment nothing has happened so I just get on with the way it goes.”
Lionel Messi has been linked with a move to Man City
City have also been linked with Lionel Messi next season, should the Argentinian move on from Barcelona.
City are an obvious choice given Pep Guardiola is their manager, but De Bruyne is nonplussed about the speculation.
“I don’t really care to be honest,” he added. “If he comes it’s a good thing, if he doesn’t there is enough good players at the club who I enjoy playing with, so that is not for now.”
🤔 GIROUD TO CONSIDER CHELSEA FUTURE
Olivier Giroud says he could leave Chelsea in January if he doesn’t get more game-time.
The France striker has played just once in the Premier League this season after dropping down the pecking order following a summer of big spending at Stamford Bridge.
“I’ve been close to moving to Serie A,” he told RMC Sport.
“They appreciated experienced players there, but the transfer didn’t materialise. For the future we will see what happens. I will decide by evaluating the opportunities I will have.
“I’m not ruling out anything, but for now I don’t see me returning to Ligue 1. I’d like to play at the highest level in Europe for another two or three years, then maybe I’ll go to the United States.”
👀 WILSHERE TO RANGERS?
Jack Wilshere would be willing to consider a reunion with Steven Gerrard if the Rangers boss decides to make a move for his former England team-mate, the PA news agency reports.
Wilshere is a free agent after agreeing to terminate his West Ham contract last week. Speculation has been running rife in Glasgow amid rumours he could be tempted north, with Gers reported to be interested.
But while no-one from Ibrox has yet been in touch with the 28-year-old’s representatives, Wilshere would be keen to hear what his boyhood idol Gerrard has to say.
A source close to the former Arsenal star told PA: “Rangers would be an option for Jack if there had been any contact. So far, however, there hasn’t been any.
“Jack thinks Rangers are a great club. They tried to take him on loan when Walter Smith was in charge back in 2010 just as he was starting out at Arsenal but he ended up going to Bolton.”
✍️ COLCHESTER WELCOME STRIKER
Colchester have announced the signing of striker Josh Bohui.
The 21-year-old, who is in the squad to face Walsall on Saturday, mutually terminated his contract with NAC Breda earlier this week after moving to Holland in 2019.
Before that Bohui spent three years in the youth set-up at Manchester United following the disbandment of the Brentford Academy.
He made three appearances for England Under-17s during the 2015-16 season and remains eligible for both France and Ivory Coast.
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📝 LATICS LAND KEANE
Wigan have signed free agent striker Will Keane on a short-term contract.
The 27-year-old left Ipswich in May and has been training with Latics throughout pre-season, representing them in friendlies against Bolton and Bradford.
The club have now agreed an initial three-month deal which will keep Keane at the club until January 2021.
👊 GUENDOUZI NOT GIVING UP
Matteo Guendouzi insists his Arsenal career is not over, after leaving joining Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal on deadline day.
Having initially impressed at Arsenal following his move from Lorient in 2018, the 21-year-old had not featured for the Gunners this season. He hasn’t kicked a ball for Mikel Arteta’s side since a post-match clash with Brighton striker Neal Maupay after Arsenal lost to the Seagulls on June 20.
Speaking after captaining France’s Under-21s to a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein on Thursday, Guendouzi said his time at Arsenal is not at an end.
“It is not that, I just really needed to play this year, a new challenge,” he told reporters.
“That was the most important thing for me. I am still young, I am only 21, so playing time was the top priority for me.”
👑 KING HEADING FOR HAMMERS?
West Ham are looking to sign Bournemouth striker Joshua King before next Friday’s deadline.
The Norway international was denied a move to Manchester United in January because the Cherries wanted him to help their ultimately forlorn battle against the drop.
Now the Sky Bet Championship club are willing to sell King, whose contract expires next summer.
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- Kevin De Bruyne is close to signing a new five-year deal with Manchester City worth over £300,000 a week.
- Tottenham could explore a January transfer return for Christian Eriksen.
- Spurs are also optimistic over signing Swansea defender Joe Rodon before the October 16 domestic deadline.
- Rangers star Alfredo Morelos has remained tight-lipped over his future after links to Qatari club Al Duhail and PSG.
✂ WHO MADE THE CUT?
There were some noticeable absentees from the final 24-man squads for this season’s Champions League and Europa League group stages, which could be clues over potential exits.
Xherdan Shaqiri was given the thumbs up by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, but Harry Wilson missed out after a much-vaunted move to Burnley never came through on deadline day.
Leeds were also strongly linked with the Wales midfielder throughout the transfer window, but he now may have to look to the Sky Bet Championship for a loan move.
Wilson has spent the past two season away from Anfield, first in the Championship with Derby before suffering relegation from the Premier League with Bournemouth last term.
At Arsenal, Mesut Ozil was left out of their Europa League squad but he won’t be playing in the second tier any time soon.
But Mikel Arteta has said they’re looking into a loan move to the Championship for defender William Saliba after a deal to return to former club Saint Etienne temporarily for a second season fell through on Monday.
Fellow centre-back Sokratis has also been sidelined, but it’s unlikely anyone outside the Premier League could afford his wages.
🧤 REDS SIGN NEW KEEPER
Liverpool have signed another goalkeeper, but Adrian can rest easy as he’s not a direct challenger for him with 17-year-old Brazilian Marcelo Pitaluga still a long way from the finished article.
🗣 CUISANCE DENIES LEEDS RUMOURS
🔴 GUNTER JOINS CHARLTON
Wales’ most-capped player Chris Gunter has joined Charlton on a two-year contract.
The right back, 31, was a free agent after leaving Reading at the end of last season.
Gunter has won 97 caps for his country and is in the Wales squad for tonight’s friendly with England at Wembley.
✍ BEN ARFA SIGNS FOR BORDEAUX
Former Newcastle, Hull and PSG playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa has joined Bordeaux on a free transfer.
The Frenchman, 33, has signed a one-year contract after leaving Spanish side Real Valladolid in the summer.
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🧤 CHAPMAN JOINS MOTHERWELL
Motherwell have signed former Peterborough goalkeeper Aaron Chapman.
The 30-year-old 6ft 7in keeper arrives as cover for Trevor Carson after a knee injury ruled Scott Fox out for the season.
Manager Stephen Robinson told the club’s official website: “Aaron comes in to give us experienced cover and competition for Trevor. He has played a high number of games at a good level in England, so will prove a valuable addition.
“Importantly, this will also open the door for us to put PJ Morrison on loan. We want to do that so he can gain valuable experience at first-team level and we hope to announce a move for him shortly.
“That is vitally important for all young players but especially goalkeepers, who have a limited opportunity.”
📺 WIJNALDUM PLAYS DOWN BARCA LINK
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has downplayed interest from Barcelona during the summer transfer window, but he did admit that things could change and leaving Anfield is a possibility.
Wijnaldum’s contract with the Premier League champions expires next summer.
🦢 RODON A WANTED MAN
Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham will be involved in a fight to sign Swansea centre-back Joe Rodon, with both clubs weighing up making a bid. £18m is thought to be the price the clubs are willing to play for the 22-year-old.
The English Football League transfer deadline is October 16.
👀 REDS & BAYERN EYE SANCHO
It does seem like it was a noe or never job for Jadon Sancho to Man Utd, especially the way they’ve started this season. The feeling is that if he leaves next summer then he’ll want to move elsewhere.
Liverpool and Bayern Munich are now seen as likelier destinations for Sancho next summer after Manchester United’s failure to secure his signing this time around.
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The European Championship trophy being played for at Euro 2020
🏆 GOTZE GETS PSV MOVE
It’s strange how a World Cup winner, just 28, found himself without a club, but Mario Gotze has now joined PSV Eindhoven on a two-year deal after his contract with Borussia Dortmund ended.
He’s a great free transfer signing.
“We had some nice talks and I seriously considered making a move to the Netherlands,” Gotze told the club’s website after a number of conversations with head coach Roger Schmidt.
“I had a lot of offers this summer but I am a man of feeling and making my own decisions.
“I feel I am ready for a very different challenge and I am confident that this should be a very comfortable transition for me.”
The 63-time capped German international and World Cup winner had limited opportunities at Dortmund last season, making just 21 appearances.
👀 WILSHERE FOR RANGERS?
Steven Gerrard could offer Jack Wilshere the chance to kick-start his career up in Scotland with Rangers reportedly ready to sign him on a free transfer.
Depending on wages, this could be a great move for both parties as Wilshere gets the chance to prove his form and fitness and Rangers could get a quality player for free.
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Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours
The transfer talk continues even after the close of the main window – plus there’s only just over two months until the next window opens!
- West Ham will need to come up with a bid of around £4m to sign Watford defender Craig Dawson in the domestic window.
- Arsenal defender William Saliba could join a Championship club on loan in the coming weeks.
- Jesse Lingard could still be in line for a Manchester United exit, with Porto reportedly eyeing a season-long loan deal for the out-of-favour midfielder.
- Barcelona have been left ‘furious’ with Ousmane Dembele after he refused to leave the club for Manchester United, according to reports in Spain.
Odds correct at time of writing
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